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Digital Workshops for Authors and Publishers

The Literary Platform and The Curved House are currently teaming up to offer affordable author workshops, giving them the tools to develop online marketing strategies that authors can genuinely fulfil.

As publishing people we recognise that authors need to be able to participate online to reach ever-expanding online communities, but we also recognise that all authors are different – with varying degrees of interest in websites and social media – so our sessions are specifically tailored to small group of authors.

As a highly experienced and creative partnership, The Literary Platform and The Curved House can create bespoke workshops for publishers, literary agents and their writers. These are designed around writers’ experience, genre or specific goals such as ‘setting up a website in a day’, ‘starting a blog’, ‘improving your discoverability’ and more.

Price: full day workshop for up to 16 authors – £1500 (£93.75 per author) plus VAT.

Developing an online presence has become essential for any writer wishing to connect with readers and raise their profile as a writer, irrespective of what stage they are at in their writing career or whether they are traditionally published, self-published or aspiring.

The Literary Platform and The Curved House have created an intimate one-day workshop that blends theoretical and strategic with practical activities. These sessions also provide writers with a chance to learn from each other’s experiences and from trainers with direct publishing experience. By the end of the day participants will have a strategy tailored to their own needs and aims and a concrete list of actions.

Morning session – theory and context of developing your online presence

-Publishing 2013: the role of digital media in publishing and selling books.

-Developing your online presence: exploration of how websites, social media and other online activities interact to create an online ‘footprint’.

-Marketing your books: how to reach readers directly or indirectly.

-Working with your agent and publisher: how to get the best out of online activity around you.

Afternoon session – hands-on sessions in groups of 5/6

-Developing and maintaining your author website.

-Social media: selecting the platforms that are right for you, and harnessing their unique strengths.

-‘Discoverability’: getting noticed, understanding data analytics tools and where your audience is.

The Literary Platform is a company focused on writing, publishing and technology. It is run by three former publishing executives who between them have 50 years’ experience in marketing and communications working at Faber and Faber, Random House, Fourth Estate, Usborne, the Man Booker Prize and Hay Festival. They also run The Writing Platform, an online resource dedicated to supporting writers in the digital age. To find out more about the Literary Platform visit

The Curved House is a creative agency for publishers, specialising in the design and production of books and websites. They work with publishers and organisations such as Guardian Books, Waterstones, Booktrust, Random House and Riot Communications plus many independent authors. Founder Kristen Harrison – formerly from Penguin’s editorial and production departments – has a proven track record of training, empowering and enthusing authors through her sell-out author web surgeries. To find out more, visit The Curved House’s website here.